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Product Review: Sainsbury's Pineapple and Grapefruit Zero added sugar

Updated on October 8, 2012

Pineapple Crush!

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Mmmm soda


Made with real fruit juice, and it says so on the label! Are you a big soda drinker? (Or pop, if you're a Brit. It's pop!) Pineapple and grapefruit is one of my own favourite soft drink flavours: maybe because it sounds so healthy. Pineapples, grapefruits... why, there positively must be at least a trace of vitamin C in there somewhere! (Well, if it has actual fruit juice in, then I guess there might well be...)

If there's no sugar in Sainsbury's Pineapple and Grapefruit Zero added sugar, and there is some fruit juice, then what of the other ingredients? A quick squiz at the label indicates that carbonated water, fruit juice and citric acid constitute the three most significant ingredients in the product. (Which is also labelled as new – a fresh experience for you. And vegan, for those of you who were wondering! Not that I was really expecting to find eggs or milk in a fruity soda's list of ingredients.) For the rest, artificial sweeteners such as Sucralose, and other odd ingredients make up the rest of the list, as you'd expect from pretty much most products in the high added-value aisles. (Although I don't really know what to make of the 'glycerol esters of wood rosins'. Wood?)

Now, if we've all stopped kidding ourselves that soda is a health food, what are you planning to do with your Sainsbury's Pineapple and Grapefruit Zero added sugar when you go get some? (Oh, go get some. It's yummy. You've been good! You can even buy soda online, remember!) My own preferred usage is in an ice-cream float. Oh, yeah. The sharpness of the soda, the dense chilly bland sweetness of vanilla ice-cream, the way it all fizzes up and tries to escape the bounds of the glass, my preferred purple twisty straws...

Dammit. Now I want ice-cream too.

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